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The government is giving businesses the chance to receive grants of up to £3,000 to help them access gigabit broadband.

As part of a new pilot scheme, suppliers will offer vouchers worth between £500 and £3,000 to local companies to help them pay for the installation of gigabit speed connections.

The pilots are being carried out in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, Bristol with Bath and North East Somerset, Coventry and Warwickshire and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield and York).

Matt Hancock, the Digital Minister, commented: "A world-class digital communications network is essential to ensure the UK’s future competitiveness in the global market and its ability to attract investment. 

"Faster and more reliable connections are transforming the way we live and work, and better broadband supports businesses to grow and become more productive."

Mr Hancock said these voucher pilots demonstrate the government's commitment to creating full fibre infrastructure across the UK to underpin its digital economy.

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Andrew Jones added that the rollout of next-generation full fibre broadband will help British businesses "thrive and prosper".

He said gigabit broadband will offer "lightning internet speeds and unprecedented reliability", which will in turn boost trade and ensure UK-based companies can connect effortlessly with suppliers and customers.

According to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, a full fibre gigabit connection would allow businesses to upload and download large files in just a few seconds.

Furthermore, the government believes this level of connectivity would enable widespread use of videoconferencing throughout an organisation, as well as allow firms in remote areas to "compete on a technologically level playing field" with those in major cities.

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